The Perfect Synecdoche for the Trump Presidency
It is now Day Eight of Sharpiegate, and it is hard not to conclude that it has become the defining scandal of the Trump administration. It is the perfect synecdoche — a part of something that becomes emblematic of the whole thing. As stupid as this entire kerfuffle is, the way it has played out has also been deeply revealing about the dysfunction and corruption that plagues this administration.
The tweet that started it all was well-intentioned but wrong. When President Trump warned on Sept. 1 that, “In addition to Florida — South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated” by Hurricane Dorian, he shouldn’t have included Alabama. Although that state was at some risk in earlier projections, by the time Trump tweeted out his warning he was wrong. So wrong that the National Weather Service in Birmingham felt compelled to issue a tweet just 20 minutes later to clarify things.